What To Do When Google Calendar Goes Down

This week, many of us had an unexpected holiday from our obligations when Google Calendar went down, which may have left you scrambling — or taking an extended coffee break. Across the United States and parts of Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, Google Calendar was down for almost three hours on June 18, 2019, from about 10 am ET until 12:40 pm ET. Users trying to access Google Calendar through a browser were met with a 404 error message.

Social media was afire with humorous memes and hilarious tweets about “time not existing” without the extremely popular scheduling application. But behind the humor lay the stark reality that even a highly secure SaaS solution can and does experience downtime. There was a Google Cloud outage a few weeks ago that even brought down the well-established ones – Shopify, Vimeo, Snapchat and Discord. And this is not just a Google problem; other cloud giants like Microsoft’s Office 365 and Salesforce too have experienced massive outages.

Do you have a plan for cases like this?

Google’s official SLA promises 99.9% uptime for G Suite per month, and while the 0.1% downtimes are rare, they do happen — and they can be costly if you’re not prepared. All highlighting the importance of backing up G Suite. With Spanning Backup for G Suite, your data remains available for export even if G Suite is down. And we don’t just cover Google Calendar; Spanning backs up Gmail, Google Drive (including Team Drives), Contacts and Sites as well. Apart from reliable backup, Spanning Backup for G Suite also comes with a 100% restore guarantee and a proven track record as the highest rated backup app on Marketplace.